Agar: Plenty of positives to take from Rhinos clash

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats may have kicked-off their close season trial games with defeat at Leeds Rhinos but head coach Richard Agar insists he can take plenty of positives from the outing.

Agar, taking charge of the Wildcats for the first time, paid little attention to the 26-10 scoreline and instead focused on the positive aspects of his side’s performance and the areas they can improve upon on in the run-up to Super League XVII.

“For 30 minutes I thought we played very well, looked organised and confident with the ball in hand,” he said.

“At times we could have done with a bit better defence but I can take positives going forward.

“Defensively there’s still some work to do but I’m not going to use it as a barometer for how we’re going to do this season. We can’t base it on that performance.”

“The run out was great in terms of giving us some areas to work on. They gave us a lesson in finishing but the result didn’t matter.”

Agar made note of the impressive performances of Ben Cockayne, Dean Collis and Paul Johnson at Headingley.

“I thought Ben Cockayne was outstanding for us,” he commented.

“And Paul Johnson too. I’d not come across him much before I arrived here but he was terrific. I thought Dean Collis in particular is a player that can be a weapon for us this season. But we’ll have more strike to come in Ali Lauitiiti and Danny Kirmond when they return.”

Wakefield fielded ten new signings in their starting 13 and they still have players to come into the equation.

Danny Washbrook (hamstring), Kirmond (shoulder) and Peter Fox (shoulder) were all missing while Paul Aiton only took part in his first training session on Tuesday and Lauitiiti arrived back in the Merrie City on Thursday.

All five players are set to get valuable game time when Wakefield travel to France to take on Catalan Dragons on Saturday, January 14.

Agar is set to field a squad consisting mainly of first-team squad players in need of time out on the pitch and younger players for next Friday’s (January 6) home game against Sheffield Eagles.

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